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Ott House

518, King Street, Port Colborne, Ontario, L3K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1983/07/28

The former Ott House at 518 King Street; City of Port Colborne
Ott House
The former Ott House, June 2007; Photograph taken by Katie Hemswoth, Brock University, 2007
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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/03/18

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Ott House is a charming two-storey brick structure of Gothic Revival which was built circa 1885. Rounded windows with shutters, front gables with simply decorated bargeboard and a segmented open porch with a pediment make this house, located on 518 King Street, one of a kind in its surrounding residential area.

The property was designated for its heritage value by the City of Port Colborne under By-law No. 1389/82/83.

Heritage Value

Originally granted to John Neave, who moved from Pennsylvania in the early 1790s, the property saw a succession of locally prominent owners until it was deeded in 1887 to Frederick Joseph Quinn, "a gentleman", who is believed to have commissioned the building's construction. Canada census data from 1881-1891 indicates that the construction of the building took place during a period of quick growth in Port Colborne's history. The house is one of the earliest brick structures in Port Colborne. It is named for Mr. Herman H. Ott, a member of Council for the Village of Humberstone, who owned and occupied the house from the 1920's and retained it for approximately 30 years. Under Mr. Ott's ownership, the building was restored.

The building's design is a successful integration of different architectural styles through good proportioning, scale and use of materials, while still reflecting local builder tastes. The dominant influence of Gothic Revival is revealed by the house's irregular massing, gingerbread vergeboard and exaggerated roof pitches. The round-headed upper storey windows reflect the Italianate style, while Georgian character is exhibited by the main entrance with its half-circle transom, slightly recessed architrave and moulded wood surround. The mixture of architectural styles and the sheer size of the brick house contribute to the commanding and elegant presence of this late 19th century structure within the streetscape.

Source: 518 King Street Record of Designation, Planning and Development Services, City of Port Colborne, 1993.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that embody the heritage value of the property include its:
- use of brick in its construction
- rear addition rebuilt in 1920 using the original brick
- irregular massing
- exaggerated roof pitches, characteristic of Gothic Revival
- gingerbread trim on the gable eaves
- Italianate round-headed upper storey windows
- main entrance with its half-circle transom, slightly recessed architrave and moulded wood surround




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

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Peopling the Land

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Single Dwelling
Commerce / Commercial Services
Office or Office Building

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

518 King Street File, Planning and Development Services Department, City of Port Colborne, L3K 3C8

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